Justin Wilson joins MSR for Daytona 24

Justin and fellow Champ Car star Graham Rahal will join Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford-powered Riley in the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on 26/27 January. "I really like driving with Mark...

Justin and fellow Champ Car star Graham Rahal will join Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford-powered Riley in the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on 26/27 January.

"I really like driving with Mark and Oz and it should be good fun to have Graham in with the team as well," said Justin. "I get along with Mike (Shank) and his whole team really well. It's a good atmosphere and we know we have a great opportunity for a good result once again."

Justin made a remarkable debut in the Rolex event in 2006, sharing the podium with Patterson, Negri, and AJ Allmendinger after taking second place overall. He made his second Grand Am start this September as he rejoined the team in the final race of 2007, co-driving with Negri and Patterson at Miller Motorsports Park.

"I'm excited to have Justin back with us and we're really looking forward to Graham being part of the team as well," said team owner Mike Shank. "Justin is quick in anything he gets into and was a big part of our success in 2006. We expect some big things out of Graham as well - he tested with us last season and I am happy he could be a part of this effort. We are really excited about our package with Ford behind us. Our drivers really liked the new Pirellis and while there is a lot of work ahead for us, this whole team is really pumped up about the 24."

"There are a lot of really strong teams with great drivers from all over so I expect that it will be another competitive race," added Justin. "I think having already worked with Mark and Oz and all the guys on this team is going to be a big help, and I'm really looking forward to getting back to it in testing."

For Graham Rahal, 2008 will mark his third consecutive start in the event which his father won in 1981. He was part of the pole-winning GT entry in the 2006 Rolex 24 before making his Daytona Prototype debut in 2007.

"It's exciting for me to be a part of this effort, and with Ford being behind the team, that certainly helps," said Graham. "I think this is going to be a great combination and we should be really competitive."

The four drivers of the #60 car will start their preparations for the event during the Daytona Test Days from January 4-6.

-credit: justingwilson.co.uk

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